Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The blurring of reality in a post-rational culture

Adam:  Why are you drinking bottled water?

Dude:  Because I hate the taste of tap water.  Plus I want to limit my arsenic and lead intake.  Not good for you, y'know.

Adam:  Dude, the stuff is mixed with dihydrogen monoxide.

Dude:  Really?  Hey Waiter - give me something that can dilute dihydrogen monoxide.


Hope your day is going well. - R

Monday, April 15, 2013

The absence of necessity (ii)

Best half a dollar I ever spent today. Yea, today... I'm wondering what it was that got me through.  The phone hasn't rung for a long time now.  When is she going to call?  Forget it.  Who am I fooling? It's been a week.  No, it's longer than that.  I could use another drink.

Friday, April 12, 2013

New Book: Rocktane

I just published my new photo book Rocktane. You could check out the link to view the book. [Click on the image to turn the page.] Please PM me if you or anyone is interested in purchasing the book. Thanks.

© 2013 Rob Castro 

Monday, April 08, 2013

Livin' on a Prayer

We've got to hold on to what we've got
Cause it doesn't make a difference
If we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot
For love - well give it a shot
(Bon Jovi)

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Cherry Bomb

Hello Daddy, hello Mom
I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb
Hello world I'm your wild girl
I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb
[J. Jett/K. Fowley]

Friday, April 05, 2013

Mr Mojo and LA Woman

Are you a lucky little lady in the City of Light
Or just another lost angel...City of Night
(The Doors)

Monday, April 01, 2013

Shirley on Good Ship Lollipop and Discussions on Long Lenses

Oh the joy of being young ...

Shirley on  Good Ship Lollipop:  Mr Juzno, make sure you take this side.  It's my good side.

Juzno:  Already did, my dear.  That will be $90 for the photo.

[Narrator:  This could have been taken with a cheap cell phone but it wasn't.  In truth the Canon EOS 60D with 18 mP and a long EF 70-200mm L series lens were used to capture this image.  Then the raw image was processed in Photoshop CS6 and rendered into monochrome using Silver Efex Pro.  Why am I making this comparison?  Because I wouldn't be able to charge $90 if I have used a cell phone.]

Oh the joy of having the perfect profile...

Shirley on  Good Ship Lollipop:  Mr Juzno,  I'm changing my name and I'm going to be famous!

Juzno:  I'm keeping your photo.

. . .

Glenn:  EF 70-200 L with f4 or f2.8 aperture?  Also, was it with IS?  Just wondering what I could afford when I retire.

Juzno:  It's the f4 no IS, Glenn.  Otherwise I would have charged $180.  Buy now ... don't wait to be a senior (citizen).

Glenn:  Yeah, I know how heavy the quality cameras and lenses can be.  I wouldn't want to lug it around as a senior citizen, unless perhaps I was in a wheelchair.

Juzno:  For the longest time, I debated about getting an f4 or the ridiculously expensive f2.8 IS.  But I think there's not much advantage using the wider f2.8 except when you need it to compensate for exposure.  At a very long focal length, you don't have much tolerance when you use a wider aperture -- a slight movement would make your photo out of focus -- that is why it needs IS.  The one reason you may want the wider aperture is to get a nice bokeh -- and the f4 can provide that because it is a long lens.  Even at f5.6, I can get a nice blur in the background.  My 2 cents.

Glenn:  Your 2 cents makes sense.  Have you also considered the hefty 70-300 f4 L IS lens, which is more affordable than the "ridiculously expensive" f2.8 IS?  I might consider it in a few years when we get a raise.

Juzno:  I think the longer the zoom, the more complicated the lens becomes.  In order to make the lens affordable, the manufacturer usually have to cut cost - and more often compromising the integrity of the product.  The 70-300 f4 IS may well be a good buy.  I've never researched it.  I personally don't like zoom lens.  I think prime lens are much better.  I bought the 70-200 because I needed the 200.  I already have a 135 L.  The ideal choice for me was to either get a prime 200 or a prime 300.  The problem I thought would be that for a prime long lens, I would have to take more steps forward or backwards to get the right framing.  At the end of the day, the zoom 70-200 made more sense for the type of photography I do -- which is basically candid people.

One thing to remember when you go for longer focal lenghts, you are probably going to need a tripod.  For one, it's heavy and would be hard to eliminate camera shake. [The IS will come in handy here].  At 300, a slight shift can throw off your framing.  Most sports photographers using log lens will also use a monopod instead because it's more mobile.  This and the IS I think will greatly improve your performance.  Now all these add up to your out-the-door cost because you will need a clip for your camera to attach to your monopod and it's not cheap.  Also, a decent monopod is also pricey - sometimes more expensive than a tripod.  Now I remember why I never bothered with this lens.  Maybe you do need a salary raise.

(c) 2013 Rob Castro